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Is squash a vegetable or a carbohydrate? What about sweet potatoes?

Both squash and sweet potatoes are considered starchy vegetables, thus they are carbohydrates. But even green beans — which are vegetables — have carbs, just a smaller amount when compared to potatoes.

In the squash family, summer squash (such as zucchini) has fewer carbs than a winter squash (such as acorn squash). For example, 1 cup of zucchini has 7g of carbohydrates, while 1 cup of acorn squash has 30g of carbohydrates. A medium sweet potato has 24g of carbohydrates.

All grains, starchy vegetables, fruits and milk are carbohydrates. Carbohydrates get a bad rap at times, but they are an important part of our diet. We need carbs for energy. In fact, 50 percent of our calories should come from carbohydrates — preferably more of the healthy carbs such as those that come from whole grains, fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy products.

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